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City of Dayton Sees Population Decline

Many Dayton businesses are struggling amid the coronavirus emergency.
Juliet Fromholt

The latest U.S. Census data has revealed that the City of Dayton has lost nearly a thousand people since 2010. And, about 25,000 people have left the city in the last 15 years.

Dayton isn’t the only Ohio city with this problem. Cleveland has lost nearly 9,000 people since 2010. Toledo lost about 7,000.


Declines in Dayton have generally been less steep year to year. City officials have been making an effort draw people in with immigrant friendly campaigns like Welcome Dayton. Developers are also beginning to invest in downtown housing complexes -- several are currently under construction.

Other communities in the Miami Valley saw small jumps in populations. Springboro saw the largest growth in the area, with 4.6% increase. Beavercreek came in second, with a 2.3% bump.